On Tuesday I pointed out the irony of Newt Gingrich being brutalized by SuperPAC attack adds, made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which he supports. Today Gingrich said he was not a victim of that decision, but of Mitt Romney.
Via Mediaite, Gingrich told NBC’s Chuck Todd, “No, I’m not the victim of that. I’m the victim of one personal person, Mitt Romney, whose staff decided to run a deliberately negative and dishonest campaign.” He added that “this particular approach, I think, has nothing to do with the Citizens United case, it has to do with a bunch of millionaires getting together to run a negative campaign, and Governor Romney refusing to call them off.”
Gingrich is right in the sense that under pre-Citizens United campaign finance laws, it still allowed millionaires to band together to target a campaign. That is how John Kerry was “Swift-boated” by 527 groups. But post-Citizens United, not just individual money but corporate money can be spent on ads expressly advocating for or against a candidate, right up until the day of voting.